Is Your IT Ready for the Internet of Things?

The Internet of Things (IoT) is exploding, with experts predicting there will soon be billions of connected, “smart” devices ranging from fitness monitors to door locks, video cameras, and coffee makers. Herewith, why you should care, and what you should do about it.

The IoT In Brief: Growing Use, Growing Risks for Business

New IoT devices are brought to market almost weekly. Many are consumer-focused, but business are deploying IoT devices as well. Video cameras and monitors, loading dock locks and scanners, and even break room coffee machines and refrigerators are gaining network connections and interfaces with icons and touchscreens.

However, Internet of things devices can create serious cyber security risks. In February, Security Boulevard published “The Looming Enterprise IoT Security Threat.” That report made three sobering points.

  • The growing business use of […]
By | September 19th, 2018|

Cover Your Assets: The Path Toward Digital Transformation

Your company either is or soon will be considering or pursuing some initiative related to digital transformation. Those efforts promise great rewards, but also come with considerable risks, to your company and your career. Here are some ideas about how to maximize the benefits and minimize the risks.

Digital Transformation: What It Means and Why It Matters

The term “digital transformation” means nothing less than using IT to transform customer and user experiences and IT and business processes and operations. Digital transformation has the potential to make your customers and users happier and your business more successful. It also has the potential, however, to disappoint your customers and users and hobble your business and your career.

ZDNet recently reported the results of a survey of 450 IT and digital leaders, which Couchbase, an […]

By | September 12th, 2018|

Do You Have Critical Business Systems Running Under People’s Desks?

During the late 90’s and early 2000’s, it wasn’t uncommon for IT staff (and even some business users) to have essential business systems running on servers sitting in their cubicles and/or under their desks. In some cases, data center space wasn’t available, and in other cases, some employees blatantly eschewed company IT policies. While the locations of these business systems may not have been a very big deal and one might assume that during the past 20 years these systems would have been long retired, that hasn’t always been the case. This 20-year-old behavior continues to this day. Many companies still have applications hosted outside their IT managed data centers, running on unmanaged hardware and which individual employees support. If this situation persists at your company, then your company is at […]

By | September 5th, 2018|

Why You Can’t – and Shouldn’t – Spell “GDPR” without “ITAM”

In case you missed it, the General Data Protection Regulation, or GDPR, went into effect on May 25 2018. You should care about it and address it, accordingly, starting now (if you haven’t already). The good news: Your IT asset management (ITAM) efforts can ease and speed GDPR compliance. Even better, those compliance efforts can result in additional business benefits as well.

GDPR: Why You Should Care

Regulators in the European Union (EU) designed GDPR with one goal: to protect the personally identifiable information (PII) of EU citizens wherever they may be. This means if EU citizens are customers, employees and partners of your business, or you serve or interact with them in any other way, your business must comply with GDPR, regardless of where your business is headquartered.

Your business must credibly demonstrate […]

By | August 29th, 2018|

When Patients’ Lives Are on the Line, a Guess Isn’t Good Enough

An IT system outage in most companies is frustrating and it may be disruptive. At healthcare companies, however, where the lives and well-being of patients are on the line with every procedure and every action your staff takes, system outages can become life or death situations very quickly. For the IT staff that support healthcare environments, understanding what systems are in the environment, how they are configured and how they are being used is essential. When an incident occurs, the IT staff must have complete and accurate data to resolves the issue accurately and quickly – avoiding disruption to patient care.

Technology is an integral part of modern healthcare

This may seem somewhat intense and dramatic, but managing IT in a healthcare setting is pretty intense and when an incident or error occurs, […]

By | August 22nd, 2018|